>> Jan 23, 2011
Gaucho is one of those higher end steak places in the UK. They actually have a chain of restaurants around the UK. Do click here for more details.
I was actually going to meet some friends for dinner. One of them suggested Gaucho. As I haven't been there before, I agreed to give it a try.
We went to the branch at Charlotte Street, which is actually pretty close to University College London (UCL). The main restaurant was a floor below the reception area. The restaurant was quite packed.
After taking our coats, we were seated at some secluded place somewhere behind the stairs. A server came by carrying a large tray of meat to explain the various cuts of meat that could be found at Gaucho. They had the fillet (mignon), ribeye, sirloin and rump. One could opt for their meat to come in a marinade of lemon, parley and black pepper.
The trouble with poor seating and a busy restaurant is the difficulty in attracting a server's attention. Finally, they took our orders and served us bread.
Note: The restaurant was so dark that even at max ISO, I could only see black. Hence the usage of the flash and not so good pictures.
We were served a Parmesan bread and a slice of sour dough each. Butter here is somehow superior to what we get back in Malaysia. Nothing great about the bread.
Sirloin in Marinade
Note: I cooked a slab of steak (Sirloin as well) for my brother on the same night. Frankly, I thought that my steak tasted better than Gaucho's.
My friend had the fillet. The fillet usually has a melt in your mouth texture. However, the fillet usually lacked that nice beefy flavor that could only be found in a sirloin or rump cut. For more on beef, please click here.
My other friend opted for lamb instead. The lamb was served on a potato rösti. No comment on its taste as I only tasted my own food that night.
All in all, the quality of beef in the UK is no match for the beef found in Malaysia (which are imported from Australia). Nothing I've tasted in the UK so far could even come close to a wagyu with a marble score of 6 (Harrods is selling wagyu ribeye with a marble score of 6 for 200pounds per kilo).
Our dinner came up to 30pounds a person. I personally felt that it was average steak with an above average price tag. I doubt you'll ever see me in any Gaucho outlets.
*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience
Map to Gaucho (Charlotte Street)
Nearest tube station: Goodge Street
60A Charlotte Street,
London W1T 2NU,
Telephone number: 020 7580 6252
Monday - Sunday: 12:00 - 23:00